The festival, with the announced 118 feature-length films, representing 27 countries and 44 first-time feature filmmakers, will take place in Park City, Salt Lake City and at Sundance Mountain Resort, from January 23–February 2, 2020.
Among the lineup is the premiere of a Taylor Swift documentary, titled Taylor Swift: Miss Americana, which will dive into the songstress’ life, according to a release, “during a transformational period in her life as she learns to embrace her role not only as a songwriter and performer, but as a woman harnessing the full power of her voice.” It’s set to screen on the first day of the festival (Jan. 23).
The scheduled films also include a number of other music-related flicks, from a Go-Gos chronicle to a tale of a New York playwright deciding to become a rapper at 40 years old. See five other music films to be featured at Sundance Film Festival below.
1. The 40-Year-Old Version
The Radha Blank-written and directed U.S. film follows a New York playwright who “decides to reinvent herself and salvage her artistic voice” by becoming a rapper at age 40. Blank also stars in the movie, alongside Peter Kim, Oswin Benjamin, Reed Birney, Imani Lewis and T.J. Atoms. It is up for the festival’s U.S. dramatic competition.
2. Dinner in America
Also in the same category is the American film directed and written by Adma Rehmeier, which sees an “on-the-lam punk rocker and a young woman obsessed with his band” as they navigate an unexpected adventure together through the American Midwest suburbs. The film stars Kyle Gallner, Emily Skeggs, Pat Healy, Griffin Gluck, Lea Thompson and Mary Lynn Rajskub.
3. The Go-Go’s
Under the documentary premieres category is the Alison Ellwood-directed doc on the first all-female band to play their own instruments and write their own songs. “Underpinned by candid testimonies,” the film details the group’s rise to fame. It’s produced by Trevor Birney, Corey Russell and Eimhear O’Neill, and stars Charlotte Caffey, Belinda Carlisle, Gina Schock, Kathy Valentine and Jane Wiedlin.
4. Untitled Kirby Dick/Amy Ziering Film
Among the highly-anticipated documentary premieres is a documentary from the makers of The Hunting Ground. The currently untitled doc is a gripping and profound examination of race, gender, intersectionality, and the toll sexual abuse takes on survivors and on society at large,” focused on a former hip-hop executive deciding whether or not to go public with her rape by one of the most powerful men in the music industry.
5. The Nowhere Inn
St. Vincent’s documentary aims to both reveal and revel in the unadorned truth behind her on-stage persona,” but the tale turns when she hires her close friend Bill Benz to direct, and “notions of reality, identity, and authenticity grow increasingly distorted and bizarre.” Carrie Brownstein and Annie Clark act as the screenwriters, while Clark, Brownstein, Lana Kim and Jeff Steiger produce.